City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

By edg - Posted on 05 July 2017

Jazz festival tambourine
Event details
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Telephone (info): 
0131 467 5200

A free, family music and dance event, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival takes place on the opening weekend of the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival, with a parade of hundreds of performers from the top of the Mound down to West Princes Street Garden for an afternoon of music, drumming, dance, acrobatics, and interactive kids' activities centred around the Ross Band Stand and other stages in the garden.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to line the streets all the way down the Mound for the procession and to pour into the Garden and Grassmarket for the afternoon performances.


2.30pm: The Parade is led from The Mound to West Princes Street Gardens.

2.30-5pm: Non-stop performances at Ross Band Stand and West Princes Street Gardens.

Acts in the past have included:

  • Junkanoo Commandos (Bahamas)
  • Artscape's Youth Band (South Africa)
  • Hackney Colliery (U.K)
  • Bandankadabra (Italy)
  • Belmont (Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Barefeet (Zambia)
  • Circo Paral Todos Colombia)
  • KalentuRa (Netherlands)
  • Karma Drums (Portugal)
  • Youth in the Town (France)
  • Bombrando (Portugal)
  • Capliore (Japan)
  • Country Boys (Trinidad & Tobago)
  • XXL (Spain)
  • Got Skills (Netherlands)
  • Fantazztico (Costa Rica)
  • Malay Dance group (Malasia)
  • One love (Germany)
  • Batala (France)
  • Beltane Fire Society (Edinburgh)
  • Edinburgh Samba School
  • Chinese Dancers, Samba Ya Bamba (Glasgow)
  • Pulse of the Place (Edinburgh)
  • Anansi (Edinburgh)
  • Hula Honeys
  • Edinburgh Performers
  • Stockbridge Pipe Band
  • Rumba De Bodas (Italy)

This event is free.


The Edinburgh Festival Carnival was introduced to Edinburgh's festivals calendar in 2012 as a way of kicking off the summer festivals calendar with some razzamatazz, and to make up for the loss of two major free events in August, the Edinburgh Festivals' Cavalcade and Fringe Sunday.